Ritz Carlton Gets 3rd Partner

Hersha Development, based in Philadelphia joins Orion Communities Inc. and R.L. Pearson & Associates as a full joint venture partner for the Ritz Carlton Tampa Bay.

When completed in 2011, the Ritz-Carlton will have 269 hotel rooms and 44 residences in the hotel and 132 residences in an adjacent tower. Among the amenities are a 15,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, boutique shops, retail space and various dining options. It will also have 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom. A sales office in the Rocky Point area will open early this year.

Ritz Carlton Coming To Tampa

Orion Communities Inc. and RL Pearson & Associates Inc. plan to build a 269-room Ritz-Carlton Tampa Bay and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Tampa Bay in the Rocky Point area near Tampa International Airport.

It will be the 10th Ritz-Carlton in Florida and the second one in Tampa Bay. Ritz-Carlton Sarasota opened in 2002.

Amenities will include a 15,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, boutique shops, retail space, separate hotel and residence outdoor swimming pools with whirlpools and restaurants, including a signature restaurant and a South Beach inspired beachside bar and grill.

Select guests and residents will have access to the private Club Lounge, a signature amenity that provides a catered, social environment for children and adults offering daily entertainment, light cuisine and refreshments.

The Beach Club will offer a boardwalk along the bay, cabanas and a waterfront bar and grill. The marina will provide boat slips for hotel guests and select residences. A designated dock master will service the marina.

The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Tampa Bay, the condo component of the hotel, will offer 44 units on the top seven floors as well as 132 private condominiums in an adjacent 19-story tower. Units will have floor plans averaging 2,800 square feet.

Residents will have access to all the services and amenities offered by the hotel, including concierge service, room service, catering, housekeeping and valet parking. They will also have their own private pool, social room, theater, game room and business center.